Ariana Grande on concert bombing: ‘broken…i don’t have words’

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ANCHESTER, England – Singer Ariana Grande is safe – but devastated – following an incident at her concert in Manchester, England that left at least 19 people dead, according to her representative.

The singer tweeted out her anguish afterwards:

“Ariana is OK. We are further investigating what happened,” Joseph Carozza, Grande’s publicist with Republic Records, told the LA Times.

Universal Music Group, the umbrella group for Republic Records, said in a statement on Facebook: “We are deeply saddened to learn of tonight’s devastating event in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy.”

The incident occurred Monday night following Grande’s performance at the Manchester Arena as concert goers were leaving the venue, around 10:30 p.m. local time.

Nineteen people have been confirmed dead and more than 50 injured, according to the Greater Manchester Police.

Police say they are treating this as a terrorist incident until they know otherwise.

Grande’s opening acts were rapper BIA and Victoria Monet.

BIA confirmed she was safe in a tweet that has since been deleted. “GUYS WE ARE OKAY !!! THANK YOU WE LOVE YOU,” she wrote.

Grande, 23, was in town performing the first of three concerts in the UK.

Her next concert was to take place on May 25 at the O2 Arena in London.

On early Tuesday local time, the arena tweeted that it “will advise as soon as we can as to the status of those shows.”

It was later announced that the tour had been suspended. 

Other dates were to include shows in Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland.

Since opening in 1995, the Manchester Arena has welcomed acts like U2, Lady Gaga, and the Rolling Stones. With over one million visitors per year, the venue claims to be “one of the busiest venues in the world and the largest indoor arena in Europe,” according to its website.

Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” tour kicked off in 2016 in support of her third album, which shares the same title.

She was absent from Sunday’s 2017 Billboard Music Awards because of her tour schedule.

On Friday, Grande shared a message of thanks to followers on social media in honor of her album’s first year anniversary.

She wrote that she was “having the time of my life touring this album and singing it for you every night!!”

The pop singer launched her career as a teen, snagging a role in the Broadway play “13” before she landed the role of Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon television series “Victorious.”

In 2015, Grande’s image was briefly tarnished after she was videotaped appearing to touch donuts in a Los Angeles shop with her tongue before making disparaging comments about the United States.

The singer tweeted an apology after the video went viral.

“I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American,” she wrote. “What I said in a private moment … was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words.”

She offered a fuller apology later saying, “Seeing a video of yourself behaving poorly, that you have no idea was taken, is such a rude awakening, that you don’t know what to do — I was so disgusted with myself.”

Rapper Bia, whose name is Bianca Landrau, talked to Billboard in March about opening on tour for Grande.

She called the singer “a dope soul inside and out.”

“She’s a beautiful person,” Landrau said. “I’m just honored to be on her tour. It’s an amazing show. She puts so much work in. One of the most hardest working girls I know, so it’s just so amazing to see it.”

The 25-year-old Latina rapper was signed to the record label of producer Pharrell Williams after being discovered on You Tube and gathered more exposure when she appeared on the Oxygen reality show “Sisterhood of Hip Hop.”

Representatives for BIA and Grande did not immediately respond to CNN’s requests for comment on Monday’s tragedy.

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